Did you know there would have been no water lilies if Monet had obeyed the local authorities? Monet imported the plants from Egypt and South America. The city council demanded he uproot the plants in fears they would poison the area’s water. But Monet ignored them.
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Hokusai's Great Wave is arguably the most well know artwork from Japanese Culture. But did you know it's actually a print series, not a painting? Because it is a woodblock print, there are lots of Great Waves to go around. Prints can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the British Museum of London, the Art Institute of Chicago, LACMA of Los Angeles, and Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria.
Discover 6 crazy facts about Edvard Munch’s most famous painting! Did you know there are actually four versions of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s famous piece: a pastel and a painted version created in 1893, followed by another pastel version two years later and finally, a version using tempera paint (a medium usually consisting of coloured pigments and a binding agent, such as egg yolk) in 1910.
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Researchers have determined that the planet Venus was visible at dawn in Provence in the spring of 1889, and was at that time nearly as bright as possible. The brightest "star" in the painting, just to the viewer's right of the cypress tree, is actually Venus.
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